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New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate over Immigration
     

New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate over Immigration

by Robin Dale Jacobson
 
Investigating a key moment in grassroots political activism, The New Nativism questions racism as the motivating factor for political action both at the time and in the high-stakes, hotly contested immigration debates of today. Based on in-depth interviews with supporters of Proposition 187, Jacobson finds that rather than being motivated primarily by racism,

Overview

Investigating a key moment in grassroots political activism, The New Nativism questions racism as the motivating factor for political action both at the time and in the high-stakes, hotly contested immigration debates of today. Based on in-depth interviews with supporters of Proposition 187, Jacobson finds that rather than being motivated primarily by racism, proponents connected racial identity, ideas of fairness, and traditional American values in surprising, often contradictory, ways. Moving beyond inflammatory headlines and polarizing rhetoric, Jacobson reveals that it is not so much prejudice but the very act of defining race that lies at the center of modern American politics.

About the Author:
Robin Dale Jacobson is assistant professor of political science at Bucknell University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816650286
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
07/04/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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